M. Penny Swales
I believe that my training and years of experience grounded in the person centred approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy enables me to offer clients an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and warmth.
From personal experience I understand how difficult taking the first steps toward Counselling can be, it can be likened to stepping into a forest where a person can't see the light or way through. I aim to make this experience liberating for clients and hope that by offering positive regard and acceptance through their journey, clients will come to have a better understanding of themselves and others.
It is my belief that Counselling can be helpful in times of difficulties and confusion but also has value offering a supportive and positive approach to personal development.
When a person finishes Counselling they often choose to re-enter periodically with the aim to remain grounded and positive. I consider myself to be an integrative therapist as I also use elements from other orientations which are dependent on the clients needs at the time.
As well as working within private practice I also work for the NHS. Through this work I have had the privilege of working with clients form all walks of life and with a diverse range of issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced diploma in the theory and practice of therapeutic counselling. 2011
Level three certificate in integrative therapies from open university.2007
Level three Person centred Counselling CPCAB 2008
Drinkaware training course April 2011
Sexual Abuse training course May 2011
Couples therapy one day training Teminos Sheffield April 2011
Full NHS staff training programme May 2012 including safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding children and health and safety and stress management.
Domestic abuse , effects on children .Sep 2013
Historic sexual abuse Jan 2014
Dream and nightmare analysis 2014
Acceptance Commitment Therapy Training 2015
Full updated NHS programme of training 2016
Group work 2016
I have worked with support groups during 2016 for carers and also Cancer Survivorship programme.
Addictions training 2018
Bereavement and Grief 2018
March 2019 Internal Family Systems training course.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Occupational Health . Group facilitation . Organisation working with groups .
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
£45 per one hour session for individuals
£35 per one hour session for students
£45 per one hour session for organisations
Please contact me for group work costs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client